Published: Thu, November 16, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Former One Tree HIll showrunner suspended from current show

Former One Tree HIll showrunner suspended from current show

"The Royals" creator Mark Schwahn has been suspended from the show in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations aired out against him.

"To use terminology that has become familiar as the systemic reality of sexual harassment and assault has come more and more to light, Mark Schwahn's behavior over the duration of the filming of "One Tree Hill" was something of an 'open secret, '" said the letter, provided to CNN by a representative for one of the actresses, on behalf of the group.

Now, cast members from Schwahn's current series, "The Royals" are speaking out.

Schwahn has yet to respond to the allegations.

"I have a responsibility as someone who was working under Mark Schwahn on "The Royals" to acknowledge these claims", she wrote in a statement she posted to Twitter Wednesday.

Schwahn's absence is not expected to affect production or the airing of the show's fourth season, as shooting wrapped back in September. "The set of The Royals was a very happy one, full of laughter and fun".

In Monday's letter, Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz said they stood behind Wachope's allegations about the 51-year-old.

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The women said in the letter that "many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally" by Schwahn.

Furthermore, employees on the set claimed they were put into uncomfortable positions and had to learn how to fight back, "sometimes physically".

They continued: "Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal".

Where we should have been excited to meet new female cast and crew members, we felt nauseating concern in case they too should have him track down their mobile number. They echo the greater rallying cry that must lead us to change: Believe Women. One of the 1st things we were told was that the showrunner hired female writers on the basis of their looks. Thank you to the friends, loved ones and partners who supported us at the time and ever more so now in coming forwards. In her messages, she accused the showrunner of inappropriately touching her, making inappropriate comments and even allegedly showing off nude pictures of his actress girlfriend. This is such a violation, both to the actress and to the men forced to look and participate, ' she wrote.

"In the past, people were afraid to come forward in these situations because they were terrified of losing an opportunity so hard to come by, an opportunity that meant so much to them", she wrote.

Schwahn created the series and was the overseeing showrunner for its entire eight-season run.

One Tree Hill male cast members: James Lafferty (from left), Lee Norris, Antwon Tanner.

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